El Sabor de Puebla

The new El Sabor de Puebla opened Friday in the former home of 4 & 20 Bakery & Cafe at 306 N. Fourth St.


The Mexican restaurant El Sabor de Puebla left Williamson Street and opened Friday in the former home of 4 & 20 Bakery & Cafe.

Arely Gonzalez, daughter of owner Reyna Gonzalez, said her mother was interested in operating in a newer building.

Squirrels were getting into the older house at 1133 Williamson St., where El Sabor de Puebla had operated since April 2015. The location formerly housed Cafe Costa Rica.

They also had trouble with the air conditioning and heating, Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said her mother was hoping to stay on Williamson Street, but had trouble finding a newer building there.

The new location at 306 N. Fourth St., is behind East High School and next to a Milio's store. It's smaller but "feels more comfortable than the other one," said Gonzalez, who lives in Monroe, and is just helping out as her mother looks for more employees.

Reyna Gonzalez is from the Mexican state of Puebla and the restaurant's name translates to "A Taste of Puebla." She specializes in homemade tamales.

4 & 20 Bakery & Cafe closed last spring after the death of its baker, manager and co-owner Mandy Puntney.

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